Where to Stay in Budapest
When planning a trip to a new city, or even when revisiting one of your favorite vacation destinations, often one of the hardest, most frustrating tasks is that of figuring out where, exactly, to stay during your time in town.
This is certainly the case in Budapest. As one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ is full of an almost overwhelming number of hotels and accommodations, not all of which are of equal quality.
Never fear, however: for those of you unfamiliar with all the varied charms that the Hungarian capital has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the areas of the city that might be worth finding a place to stay in as you adventure through Budapest. While the city itself has a total of 23 districts, the following offer some of the best spots that will ensure that your time here is truly magical in every sense of the word.
Where to Stay in Budapest: Hottest Districts of the Hungarian Capital
Where to Stay in Budapest: District VII, the Jewish Quarter and Party District
If you really want to be at the heart of the action, this is the district for you. The 7th district, located in the heart of Pest, is the city’s historical Jewish Quarter, while today it is also known worldwide as one of Europe’s top party destinations. As such, this district, which is home to a number of well-maintained and conveniently located hotels and Airbnb’s, combines a number of significant cultural sights with some truly out-of-this-world clubs and bars.
Without a doubt, the most iconic building of the seventh district is the Dohány Street Synagogue, a Moorish Revival masterpiece completed in 1859. This house of worship is the largest synagogue in Europe, and the third-largest in the entire world. There are also a number of smaller synagogues, theaters, and historical buildings located in this portion of the city. In the close vicinity you can find the best kosher shops Budapest can offer. If you are a fan of the middle-eastern and Jewish cuisine you can gather all your favorite ingredients here.
In addition, as you may have heard, the 7th district is also the birthplace and home of the ruin pub, a uniquely Budapest institution. These bars, many of which were originally set up in abandoned courtyards, combine a mix of outdoor and indoor settings with eclectic decorations and truly unforgettable experiences.
Where to Stay in Budapest: Districts I and XI, the Hills of Buda
If peace, quiet, and grand sights are more up your alley, then make your way across the Danube to the Buda side of the city. Here, District I, the Castle Hill, and District XI, home to Gellért Hill, both offer astounding views, mouthwatering cuisine, and truly unique cultural experiences.
The Castle Hill itself needs no introduction. As the heart of medieval Buda, the seat of Hungarian kings for centuries, the Hill is home to such landmarks as the Royal Palace, the Hospital in the Rock, the Matthias Church, and Fisherman’s Bastion.
Further south along the Danube, the 11th district is home to the leafy green boulevards and side streets of Gellért Hill. Alongside its gorgeous, laid-back setting, this part of Budapest is also home to the majestic Gellért baths, the beautiful Liberty Bridge, and the Citadel atop the hill. This last sight, which is also home to Budapest’s Statue of Liberty, is a must-see, as it offers what is undoubtedly one of the best views of the entire city.
Where to Stay in Budapest: District VIII, Corvin Quarter!
If you’re on the lookout for a slightly quieter, more affordable part of the city, that is slightly removed from the nonstop action of downtown while still being just a quick tram ride or walk away from many of Budapest’s greatest sights, then the 8th district, and specifically the Corvin Quarter, might just be exactly what you’re looking for.
Located on the Pest side of the city, the Corvin Quarter is conveniently located on the great ring road, meaning that the area has 24-tram-service, courtesy of the 4-6 tram line, the busiest in the city. The Corvin District represents the future of the Hungarian capital: modern, fresh, energetic and functional; it has won many prizes during the past 5 years as one of the best city renewal projects of Europe. Major attractions in this district include the famed Hungarian National Museum, Calvin Square, the Fiume Road Cemetery (the final resting place of many political and literary luminaries), and the Erkel Theatre, among others. In addition, the Corvin Quarter itself is a historical landmark in its own right, as the movie theater and the buildings surrounding it, bore witness to some of the fiercest fighting of the short-lived Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
And as far as specific spots to stay in this part of the city, you’re in luck, as the Corvin Quarter is home to Fraser Residence Budapest, an aparthotel that provides the perfect mix of luxury, comfort, and convenience. From Fraser’s location near both the 4-6 tram and the 3 metro line, you can rapidly make your way to many of the most beautiful and impressive landmarks, bridges, clubs, and restaurants that the Hungarian capital has to offer.
Want more information before your upcoming stay in Budapest? Then be sure to check out some of our earlier blog posts:
- Learn about the many advantages of a unique accommodation experience in our article on Aparthotel Budapest Fraser Residence: a guide to serviced apartments
- And be sure to read on to find out more about the unique amenities offered by Fraser Residence Family Friendly Hotel Budapest